Candy Palmater

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Candy Palmater
Candy Palmater
Born Dalhousie, New Brunswick
Medium Stand-up, television

Candy Palmater is a Canadian comedian,[1] international speaker and the educator of aboriginal perceptions training about the Mi'kmaq people. She is active in Native rights and gay rights, and is now the creator and writer of her own national TV show for APTN, The Candy Show. She describes the show as being “Oprah meets David Letterman sprinkled with Candy”.[2]

Palmater grew up the youngest of seven children. She attended Dalhousie Regional High School, where she was active in sports.[3] She grew up on a mountain just outside of the town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick called Point La Nim. She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


After high school, she attended Fredericton's St. Thomas University and then completed a legal secretary's course at Maritime Business College.[3][4]

She was inspired by the legal failures of Donald Marshall Jr. and in 1996, she went to Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia, to study Law at Schulich School of Law, where she Graduated in 1999 as the Valedictorian of her Class.[5] She was the first Aboriginal law student in Canada to be valedictorian of her graduating class, and was president of the Dalhousie Aboriginal Law Students Association.[6]

She got a job with the now defunct Law firm Patterson Palmer Hunt Murphy, but soon realized she didn’t want to practice corporate law,[2] and subsequently left her job and began working for the Nova Scotia Department of Education.


She is a radio personality on CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera,[7] and a columnist for the now defunct Halifax newspaper The Daily News, where she wrote a series for Mi’kmaq History Month.

CBC Newsworld[8] did a one-hour documentary on Palmater titled The Candy Show. It was produced and directed by Mary Munson in Halifax. The executive producer is Renée Pellerin.

Season 3 The Candy Show

The Candy Show is also the title of a regular comedy series which airs on APTN. Palmater is also a regular performer on the comedy club circuit in Canada, as well as a frequent host of entertainment galas and events.

Palmater produced her first film, Building Legends: The Mi'Kmaq Canoe Project, in 2011.

As an actor, she has had roles in the television series Forgive Me and the miniseries Sex & Violence.


She was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Media Person of the Year in 2013. The Candy Show was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Variety or Comedy TV Series, for director Trevor Grant.


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